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Police: clerk at SC motel saw a notification on Facebook

Updated: Saturday, March 8 2014, 11:04 PM CST
Posted by: Kelly Christ

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD -- Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson reaffirmed today during a press conference that Caitlyn Virts is safe.

Officials say that Baltimore County social services personnel are working with social services personnel in South Carolina, and Caitlyn will return to Maryland in the near future.

Late yesterday afternoon, police say they received credible information that Virts was in North Carolina which gave them an idea that he was headed south.

Chief Johnson said Baltimore County Police was told by police in Florence that a clerk at the Colonial Motel had seen notification about Caitlyn Virts’ disappearance on Facebook and contacted the authorities.

At the press briefing this morning, Chief Johnson said that the FBI Baltimore Division's participation in the investigation was pivotal in locating Timothy and Caitlyn Virts.

"This case really illustrates the value of multiple platforms for notifying people of emergency situations – in this case, the Amber Alert, mainstream media, social media, the billboards and posters distributed by the FBI," Johnson said. " Citizens who follow these notifications and call in tips truly are keyboard crime fighters, and we are immensely grateful for their participation in this crisis."

Chief Johnson also said, "this child and her siblings have endured a terrible trauma and a terrible tragedy. Baltimore County Government and other agencies will provide all the resources possible to help them deal with the aftermath."Police: clerk at SC motel saw a notification on Facebook

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